Thursday, April 30, 2009

Waste not, want not. The pizza box

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

It's sad but true that many Americans are oblivious to the sheer amount of garbage our daily eating habits produce. Take something as simple as a hamburger from McDonald's. First there is the burger wrapper, then assuming the burger is carry-out, there is the paper bag. Inside the paper bag are several napkins and a ketchup packet or two.

That's four items right there straight into the trash. Or take an in-home product like American cheese where not only is the entire block of cheese encased in plastic but each individual piece has its own plastic sleeves. We have plastic protecting plastic!

A more glaring example is a pizza-box. Since they are big, encumbering and don't break down easily, people tend to notice that they are wasteful. That's why Eco Incorporated invented the first environmentally-friendly pizza-box called the GreenBox.

Not only is it made from 100 percent recycled cardboard, the GreenBox does double-duty as plates and a storage container.



There are several other benefits to the GreenBox not mentioned in the video.

It only takes up half the space in the fridge as a traditional box

does, the top of the box actually snaps closed keeping the pizza

fresher longer and best of all, it does not cost any extra to

manufacture than a normal pizza box.

Currently, Eco Incorporated is only taking information for samples

from pizza companies but with over 3 billion pizzas sold nationally

each year, widespread adoption of the pizza box would go a long way to

reducing food waste, especially if of the large pizza chains sees this

idea and runs with it.

After that we can turn on focus to other

wasteful foods like disposable cups and Hershey's Kisses because seriously

Hershey's, we don't need every single kiss wrapped individually.

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